Camera Obscura, Princeton

Thanks to its 2001 debut album, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi (produced by Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch), Camera Obscura was set for nothing less than indie splendor from the beginning.

The Glaswegian band formed in the late '90s and has since turned out four albums, toured extensively and seen a handful of band members come and go. Camera Obscura's second (Underachievers Please Try Harder) and third albums (Let's Get Out of This Country) were true to the band's original indie-pop sound, not straying too far from the origins of Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi. The only real notable difference came with the departure of John Henderson, which left Tracyanne Campbell solely responsible for the band's vocals.

As a result, Let's Get Out of This Country was slightly more revealing lyrically, and found a whinier, lovesick Campbell at the forefront. Camera Obscura's fourth album, My Maudlin Career was released last year, and expands on the unreserved nature of Let's Get Out of This Country. The album is infused with pop charm and steeped in tongue-in-cheek melancholy, taking the listener deep into Campbell's everyday concerns regarding life and love.

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Catherine Downes
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